Best Vegetables to Grow in Pots | Most Productive Vegetables for Containers

13. Kale

Kale in container with annuals

Growing kale in containers is a cinch. You can harvest it many times, picking up the tender young leaves again and again or cutting the whole plant at once. The kale is a cool weather crop, but it can still tolerate some summer heat. However, this biennial starts to taste somewhat bitter and strong during hotter months. Kale should be planted in full sun in colder regions and partial sun in warmer regions.

14. Chard

Chard in pot

Chard tolerates heat better than kale, and it is more suitable for you if you live in a warm climate. However, it is still a cold weather crop and if you’re thinking to grow this in USDA Zone 9 and above or in any other subtropical or tropical part of the world–wait for the end of summer. Both kale and chard can be grown in small sized pots. Each plant requires at least 6 inches of space.

15. Mustard Greens

Mustard plant in pot

Mustard greens are not as cold hardy as the above two (Kale and Chard); they love warmth. However, in any climate growing mustard greens is easy and they grow without much attention. You can pick big leaves to prepare leafy green recipes and curries, whereas tender young leaves are more suitable for salads and sandwiches. There are many mustard varieties available that you can choose according to your needs.

16. Garlic

garlic

Garlic bulbs are expensive, but they are one of the healthiest food too. The best part is you can also grow them at home in containers. Garlic greens can be eaten too, you can use them in salads, in sandwiches, and many other preparations. For growing garlic in containers, choose a pot that is at least 6-8 inches deep and as wide as possible, you’ll need to leave 5-6 inches of space between each clove you plant.

Also Read: Growing Garlic In Pots

17. Rhubarb

rhubarb in container

Rhubarb is grown for its red, pink or greenish pink edible stalks. Why we’ve added rhubarb in this list is the reason that growing rhubarb is easy (even in containers), it grows for years, and you can harvest the stalks multiple times. Also, this perennial is very cold hardy and can be grown under the USDA Zones 3-8. For growing rhubarb, you’ll need a really deep pot and well-draining soil.

18. Bitter Melon

growing bitter melon in pot (1)

This exotic and healthy edible is probably one of the best vegetables to grow in pots. Bitter melon is a tropical climber but it can be planted as an annual in summer in a temperate climate. Growing it is similar to squashes, cucumbers, and melons. You’ll need a 12 inches deep pot and a sturdy trellis. To read more about growing bitter melons read this article.

19. Okra

Okra in pot

Okra is a warm season crop. It is easy to grow and doesn’t require masterful gardening skills. Providing it warmth, good exposure to the sun and feeding with plenty of fertilizer sets the plant to fruit heavily. Dwarf okra varieties are more suitable for containers. You can learn more about growing okra here.

20. Collard Greens

Collard Green plant in pot

Collard greens can be a good alternative of spinach or other green leafy crops. You can grow this biennial as an annual in containers easily. You can harvest this quickly after 75 days from transplanting. Harvesting young and tender leaves; cut them back and they will come again. You can harvest regularly until the first hard freeze occurs in your region. If you live in a warm frost-free climate, grow collards in winter.


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Growing vegetables in containers is possible but there are some that grow easily and produce heavily in containers. Due to this we've added 20 Best and Most Productive Vegetables to grow in pots.

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      • Hi I believe the author has a link to using diluted urine, which has nitrate, potassium and phosphate just dilute between 1 part urine to 10 parts water or for small plants 1 part to 20 parts water. Instant free plant food!

    • I like larger tomatoes, which ones will grow in a pot? I have tried barrel pots, and nothing grew. This year planted in ground, plants are tall as heck but still NO tomatoes.

      SO FRUSTRATING!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

      • Tomatoes need lots of water, sunlight, pollination, proper spacing and not too much heat or humidity. Fertilize all vegetables as they just begin to bloom, as making fruit or veggies creates quite an effort by the plant. Also remove branches that contain zero blooms, so as not to take energy from those that are producing.

  1. Be cautious with Chinese lanterns! Pretty to look at, but very invasive!! I’ve been trying to kill them off for years!

  2. What a great article. My husband and I have a large spot for a garden on our new property but honestly I am a bit intimidated with such a large space and so little experience. Container gardening may be just the stepping stone i need this year. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I let my containers grow weeds last year due to surgery, but hopefully I can get back to it this year. This has inspired me, Thanks.

  4. I am not sure how to grow them in pots as show in the photos. But I want to know how to get the seed to plant them. where to purchase them . I love gardening now I can communicate on line through the computer

    • You have to consider what types of plants you can grow in your area. Some of the above are for colder regions so you have to research first. As for where to find the seeds, you can do it online or ask the local vegetable vendors to know where you can get them in your area.

    • You can buy seeds online, which would be delivered to your door stem there are many websites which provide such service.Search on google.

  5. I use Miracle Grow in my watering can for container vegies. Works really well, make it a little weaker than the directions as you will be using it regularly. Try in also on African Violets…..they love it.

  6. useful info. Could you please share some information regarding the time taken for either seeds/plants to the first fruit ?

  7. Native to Indonesia, it can easily be grown as a houseplant in a sunny window, and also makes an excellent patio plant. It will thrive outside in the summer, but is best sheltered indoors for the winter months.

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